October 16 Update
USA National Team
USA Softball seeks eighth Pan American Games Gold Medal in Guadalajara
(Press Release) GUADALAJARA, Mexico — The 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team will begin its quest to bring home the eighth Pan American Games Gold Medal in program history on October 17 when they take the field against Venezuela at 6:00 p.m. CT. Arriving in Guadalajara, Mexico on Thursday, the most decorated softball team in the world brings a roster full of new faces ready to continue the tradition built before them.
“This is a huge honor to get to travel to Mexico and wear this uniform,” said pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa). “To compete in this elite tournament is very special for our sport. Anything we can do to get international publicity for our sport can only help our mission to convince International Olympic Committee (IOC) members that our sport belongs in the Olympic Games. I am excited to face different competition in the Pan American countries and I know getting to stand on the podium and hear our National Anthem would be the ultimate award for myself and my teammates.”
USA Softball enters the Pan American Games following a Gold Medal finish at World Cup of Softball VI in Oklahoma City, marking the fifth straight World Cup title for the Americans. Team USA has won seven Pan American Championships (1979, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007) including the last six. The program has a record of 78-3 since softball debuted in the 1979 Pan American Games.
“The Pan Am Games have a rich history of great softball,” Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at the University of South Florida) said. “To represent your country, listen to the National Anthem on foreign soil and compete for a Gold Medal are all very uplifting opportunities. We plan on doing all three with great integrity. We had solid training for five days, getting back to the basics of USA Softball and are ready to play hard.”
The softball competition in the multi-sport Pan American Games is scheduled for Oct. 17-23. After opening on October 17, the team has doubleheaders the next two days, facing the Dominican Republic (11 a.m.) and Mexico (8 p.m.) Oct. 18 and Cuba (1:00 p.m.) and Puerto Rico (4 p.m.) on Oct. 19. On Oct. 20 at 1 p.m., Team USA faces Canada, the 2011 World Cup of Softball Bronze Medalists. The team finishes pool play against Argentina on Oct. 21 at 4:00 p.m. The playoffs are Oct. 22 with the medal round scheduled for Oct. 23. Schedule is subject to change.
Athletes slated to compete for USA Softball in Houston and Guadalajara: Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./California senior); Whitney Canion (Aledo, Texas/Baylor junior); Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda Calif./Arizona State 2009); Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee junior); Kelly Grieve (Asheville, N.C./Tennessee 2011); Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas/Texas junior); Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama 2009); Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky 2010); Stacy May-Johnson (Reno, Nev./Iowa 2006); Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif./Arizona 2009); Meagan May (Spring, Texas/Texas A&M junior); Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida senior); Christi Orgeron (New Orleans, La./ULL junior); Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma junior); Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan 2011); Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011); and Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa/Missouri junior).
Eriksen leads the way as the head coach and is joined by assistant coaches Mike Larabee (Fayetteville, Ark./Head Coach at the University of Arkansas), Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz./Head Coach at Cal State Northridge) and Mike White (Eugene, Ore./Head Coach at the University of Oregon).
The team recently completed one week of exhibition competition against Texas A&M University and the University of Houston thanks to the Houston Amateur Softball Association (ASA) who hosted the team. Capturing three victories, the training was imperative to preparation for the Pan American Games.
Live stats will be available via www.usasoftball.com. Click on the events page for Pan American Games and then proceed to the schedule tab. It is uncertain of the video streaming yet at the venue. Updates to come when information is available.
SPY Note: Other sports competing in the Pan American games are televised.
NFCA Clearwater Recruiting Tournament News
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Forty-six teams walked into the Eddie C. Moore Softball
Complex in Clearwater, Fla. on Friday in hopes of taking home hardware from the
first-ever NFCA Top Recruit Tournament, after a full day of play on Saturday
only 16 still have that opportunity.
Bracket play kicked-off in exciting fashion on Saturday and by the end of the
day, championship games in six of the seven brackets had been set. The two top
brackets in the tournament, the 18U Gold and 16U Yellow, will feature two great
match-ups, featuring two undefeated teams and two teams that fought their way
back after dropping a contest in pool play.
In the 18U Gold bracket, undefeated Team North Florida-Fagan will take on Lady
Gators-Flannery for the title. The Gators fell to Gainesville Gold-McFadyen in
pool play but earned their way into the championship by beating Tampa
Mustangs-Bell, 4-3, and club-mates, Lady Gators-Stump, 4-2. North Florida earned
its title shot by topping Gold-McFadyen, 7-4 and Gold Coast Hurricanes-Norman,
In the 16U Yellow bracket, the Miami Stingrays battled through the top bracket
to the championship by blowing past Wildfire-Stutsman, 11-2, in the
quarterfinals and clipping the Windemere Wildfire-Paulson, 2-0, in the
semifinals. The two wins in bracket play come only after the Stingrays fell to
Team Florida-Albritten/Gentile earlier in the day in pool play.
The Stingrays’ opponent in the Yellow bracket title tilt is High Intensity, who
will enter the game with an unblemished 5-0 record. After winning its pool in
the morning, High Intensity breezed to the finals by knocking off the Sarasota
Heat and the Tampa Mustangs-Phil by scores of 13-2 and 6-4, respectively.
The inaugural 2011 NFCA Top Recruit tournament will wrap-up on Sunday with games
at 9 a.m. ET and 11:30 a.m. ET. Both the Yellow and Gold bracket championships
will be held at 11:30 a.m. at fields eight and nine, respectively. For complete
scores and brackets, click here.
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Missouri perfect 8-0 in Fall Ball
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou softball team closed out their fall schedule with another doubleheader sweep, tossing two shutouts on the day to finish the fall with an 8-0 record. The Tigers defeated Jefferson County Community College 15-0 before beating Lindenwood in the nightcap by a 9-0 score.
In game one, Mizzou scored a pair of runs in the first inning to take the early 2-0 lead. With one out, Kayla Kingsley hit a line drive off the pitcher’s foot for a single. Ashley Fleming tripled off the wall in right field to bring Kingsley in, and Fleming would score on a sacrifice fly by Nicole Hudson.
The Tigers blew it wide open in the second with a seven run frame, taking advantage of a pair of Jefferson County errors. The inning started with a full count single by Rachel Hay, and Princess Krebs quickly cleared the bases in the next at bat, making it 4-0 Mizzou. Ashtin Stephens then laid down a perfect bunt single, and would advance to third on a couple of passed balls. Kayla Kingsley drove in Stephens with a base hit up the middle, stole second and then scored on a base hit by Fleming. She moved up to second on the relay throw, and would come around to score on a throwing error. Hudson and Angela Randazzo each hit back-to-back singles and moved up to second and third on an error into left. Two batters later they scored on Hay’s second hit of the inning, a single into right, making it 9-0.
Missouri tacked on another in the fourth on Hay’s third RBI of the game. Hudson led off with a walk and Randazzo followed with a base hit into center. Hudson moved up to third on a fly out and came in to score on Hay’s sacrifice fly.
A grand slam by Kelsea Roth highlighted a five-run fifth inning that pushed the Missouri lead to 15-0. Fleming, Mackenzie Sykes and Corrin Genovese got three straight base hits to start the inning and Roth followed by blasting the first pitch she saw deep over the wall in left-center. Lindsey Muller kept the inning going with a double down the line in left, and later in the inning she would score on a double by Jenna Marston. Kristin Nottelmann got the win, her fourth of the fall, while giving up just two hits, scattering four walks and striking out 10. It was the fourth double-digit strikeout game for the Tiger senior. In 28.0 fall innings, Nottlemann struck out 50 batters and walked just six while allowing only seven hits. She didn’t allow a run all fall season.
All 12 Tigers who got at-bats picked up at least one hit on the day. Fleming led the way with three while also scoring three times and driving home two. Hay was 2-for-2 on the day with three RBIs, while Roth drove in four. Krebs also plated a pair of runs on two hits.
Mizzou jumped ahead in game two with a run in the bottom of the second, started by a leadoff walk to Hay. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and came in to score on a double by Krebs. The Tigers extended their lead to 5-0 with a four-spot in the next inning. Marston and Genovese each reached on singles to start the inning, and stole second and third with one out to get into scoring position. Mackenzie Sykes walked to load the bases, and two batters later Roth delivered a bases clearing double. She moved to third on the throw to the plate, and was awarded home after the throw sailed into the dugout.
Hudson led off the fifth with a double, and moved to third after Randazzo reached on a fielding error. Muller then delivered a base hit into center to score Hudson, making it 6-0. Taylor Duplechain followed with a double into the gap in right-center, bringing Randazzo around to score. Another two runs were tacked on in the sixth, pushing the Tiger advantage to 9-0. Marston roped a one out triple down the line in left. Genovese then reached on a fielder’s choice with Marston legging out a rundown to put runners on the corners. Hudson then doubled into right, her second hit of the day, to clear the bases.
Roth picked up three RBIs in the second game to finish the day with a total of seven. Marston led all hitters with three hits, while Hudson got a pair of hits and drove in two. Muller, Duplechain and Krebs had an RBI each. Bailey Erwin got the win, throwing a complete game shutout. The freshman allowed just four hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.